A Raving Fan Base — it is all about the experience

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“Once you deliver the film, it doesn’t stop there–make it an experience, something they will be surprised about.” –Matt Davis, In[Focus]2012 How can you develop a customer base that is wild about your business?  At In[Focus]2012, Matt Davis (owner of Lifestage Films) shared some of his thoughts on creating a raving fan base. “If you put all of your attention …

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Where is that file?: Project Organization

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When was the last time you went looking for a file and it didn’t magically appear before you eyes? Yes, the intensely interesting topic of project and file organization strikes again. It won’t hurt, I promise. It’sa one thing to look for a song in your itunes library, or do a spotlight search for that contract you need. It’s another …

Andrew WaiteWhere is that file?: Project Organization

Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphone Review

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by Andrew Sorlie If your office is anything like ours – it can be hard to block out background noise. We purchased the Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX-29W headphones to help us stay better focused on our edits and to hopefully increase our productivity at the office.  These headphones are lightweight, but at the same time provide 29db of passive …

Andrew SorlieDirect Sound Extreme Isolation Headphone Review

Lazy Filmmaking – A challenge from Michael Wong

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Are there distractions in your filmmaking? How can you avoid them? Michael Y. Wong spoke at In[Focus] 2012 and challenged filmmakers to stop producing lazy footage and editing mistakes.

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Communicate with Your Team during Production

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A Little Less Conversation is Not a Good Idea, Elvis.   Man. That Elvis guy didn’t know what he was talking about. Since when has a little less talking helped anyone? Well, specifically when you are shooting an event with multiple camera operators anyways. Today’s post is about having some simple communication with your other shooters before shooting whatever it …

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To have associates or not to have associates… that is the question

When we started our business Voila Cinematic 6 years ago, we ventured into the world of entrepreneurship with the dream of running a business relying solely on ourselves. We loved the idea of keeping things small and only having to hold ourselves accountable for the state of our business. We quickly found that with growth and success, our business model …

Alex KarasTo have associates or not to have associates… that is the question

Shooting Sequences

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During live events, you typically get one chance to get the shots you need to tell an effective story. Developing efficient shooting techniques is very important for both your storytelling and your backlog. A good ratio to shoot for (literally) is 50 percent closeups and extreme closeups, 25 percent medium shots, and 25 percent wide shots. Don’t just think one …

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Contract Formalities – Tips from a Lawyer

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Who is liable to finalize payments to you in the situation that an event like a wedding is cancelled, or if your clients divorce before giving you final payment? Katy Carrier, a media lawyer, has some tips to share on taking care of contract formalities.   If you’re interested, she is available for legal services, and you can check out her …

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